Red Wings Roster Is Set, Kris Draper Remains In Limbo

The Red Wings roster is all set after the signing of Ty Conklin to replace retiring Chris Osgood, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t look like he’s going to make another big move this offseason.

The only question left is whether to offer veteran forward Kris Draper a contract, but there is already a logjam at forward. With his good friend Osgood retiring this week, Draper may just do the same.

With that, there’s already plenty of theories about how the Red Wings’ lines will look. Here’s how they currently stack up:

FORWARDS
Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Holmstrom
Johan Franzen-Valtteri Filppula-Dan Cleary
Todd Bertuzzi-Darren Helm-Jiri Hudler
Drew Miller-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
EXTRAS: Chris Conner, Jan Mursak, Corey Emmerton

DEFENSEMEN
Nicklas Lidstrom-Jonathan Ericsson
Niklas Kronwall-Brad Stuart
Ian White-Mike Commodore
EXTRAS: Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith

GOALIES
Jimmy Howard
Ty Conklin
EXTRAS: Joey MacDonald

The Red Wings have nearly $6 million in cap space, leaving plenty for a possible trade deadline acquisition. Holland said he would like to add a top six forward, but that appears to be a long ways off.

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